Market Days turnout a bit lower than last year

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Sep 12, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Photo: Mathews resident Lilly Manning, left, performed the National Anthem during Saturday’s opening ceremonies of Mathews Market Days. She is shown holding hands with friend Paige Morris. Also shown, from left, are Dee Russell, vice chairman of the Market Days Committee, and Amy Dubois, member of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Mathews resident Lilly Manning, left, performed the National Anthem during Saturday’s opening ceremonies of Mathews Market Days. She is shown holding hands with friend Paige Morris. Also shown, from left, are Dee Russell, vice chairman of the Market Days Committee, and Amy Dubois, member of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Photo: Dee and Calvin Singleton, along with their children Ava and Brayden, strolled down Court Street Saturday morning taking in all that Mathews Market Days had to offer. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Dee and Calvin Singleton, along with their children Ava and Brayden, strolled down Court Street Saturday morning taking in all that Mathews Market Days had to offer. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Photo: “Asher,” the guinea pig that belongs to Madeline Hofelich of Chesapeake, was a big hit during the Mathews Market Days Pet Parade Saturday morning. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

“Asher,” the guinea pig that belongs to Madeline Hofelich of Chesapeake, was a big hit during the Mathews Market Days Pet Parade Saturday morning. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Photo: Vivian and Miller Bahr of Bahama, North Carolina, take a break from the heat by eating frozen ice during Mathews Market Days. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Vivian and Miller Bahr of Bahama, North Carolina, take a break from the heat by eating frozen ice during Mathews Market Days. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Despite hot and humid conditions on Friday and downpours Saturday afternoon, last weekend’s Mathews Market Days festival was a success.

Though she wasn’t able to provide a rough estimate of the number of people that attended the two-day event, Dee Russell, vice chairman of the festival’s committee, said the turnout was a bit lower than last year.

“The heat kept a lot of people away on Friday,” Russell said. Then, on Saturday, she said things were going well until an early afternoon rain shower popped up. It was after that shower ended and organizers saw there was a small window of time before the next rain was to arrive, that they decided to close the festival early, around 2:30 p.m.

By that time, she said the ground was saturated, and the committee wanted the vendors to be able to get their items packed up while no rain was falling.

“It’s a shame, because everything was really starting to pick up,” Russell said. “It was getting a bit cooler and there was a breeze that had started blowing.”

Bad Ace, the band that was scheduled to perform Saturday evening, decided to stay and give it a try. Russell said the band was able to play from about 6:30 until 7:45, but called it a day when more soaking rain fell.

“Overall, we had a good event,” Russell said. “I do think the heat and the rain put a little damper on it.” However, she said the vendors that were in attendance had “a lot of good products.” She said other vendors were able to get a lot of valuable information out to the public.